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Football and other funs in Porto Alegre

By Carlton Leisure - 26/06/2014

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The world cup football is getting more exciting with every passing day. The football fever is catching up with more and more people as thousands of people are coming every day at Brazilian airports. Emotions are touching new height with every goal scored. Apart from football, which is the greatest draw card in the country, its host cities are also interesting in its own way. Port Alegre is one such destination where football fans can watch their favourite sport in a beautiful surrounding. Here we list activities in and around Porto Alegre.

Cathedral Metropolitana

Built in Italian renaissance style Cathedral Metropolitana was built over a period of more than 6 decades. Its twin bell towers are inspired by 17th-century Jesuit missions. The cathedral is one of the must visit tourists attraction in the city.

Centro Cultural Santander

Built in 1927–32, this impressive building has previously served as the headquarters of various banks. The building is owned by Banco Santander of Spain, and has been transformed into a cultural center and gallery. On a guided tour you will learn about its intricate interiors and the ceiling's neoclassical paintings.

Mercado Publico

Mercado Publico, has undergone several changes since its construction in 1869. On your visit to this place you will see several souvenir shops, cafés, and restaurants, which you might be looking for.

Museums

The city of Porto Alegre is also an excellent place for museum hopping as the city is home to several museums. Fundação Iberê Camargo is one such museum situated in an award winning building built by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. MARGS, a local Museum of Art features a great collection and hold exhibitions. The museum also houses a bistro and store that sells art books and souvenirs. Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUC is other museum visited by a large number of visitors. Science and Technology museum with its several thrilling exhibits is also a great destination.

Parks

Besides football, museums and markets Porto Alegre is also known for its parks. Parque Moinhos de Vento locally referred as Parcão, is a pleasant park with a neat lake where locals go for jogging. Parque locally referred as Redenção, also houses Araujo Viana Auditorium, where remains abuzz with political activities and music concerts. On Sundays, an antique-fair is held on Side Street.

Shopping

Tourists visiting Porto Alegre can also explore some of the good shopping options available in the city. Brique da Redenção, Moinhos Shopping,Shopping Center Iguatemi and Vinhos do Mundo are some of the places for your shopping needs.